Searches for IceCube neutrinos from blazar flares using correlations with gamma-ray lightcurves
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Science Faculty CP230, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Published online: 10 May 2019
Blazars have long been considered as accelerator candidates for cosmic rays. In such a scenario, hadronic interactions in the jet would produce neutrinos and gamma rays. Correlating the astrophysical neutrinos detected by IceCube with the gamma-ray emission from blazars could therefore help elucidate the origin of cosmic rays. In our method we focus on periods where blazars show an enhanced gamma-ray flux, as measured by Fermi-LAT, thereby reducing the background of the search. We present results for TXS 0506+056, using nearly 10 years of IceCube data and discuss them in the context of other recent analyses on this source. In addition, we give an outlook on applying this method in a stacked search for the combined emission from a selection of variable Fermi blazars.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2019
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